Elaine Cowan

Elaine Cowan

Affiliated with the university, BSc, MRes, PhD

Personal profile


Overall research aims are to identify microRNAs (miRNAs) and Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I) pathways relevant for prevention/treatment of type 2 diabetes.


  • Investigating miRNAs regulating genes important in mitochondrial processes and the impact of changes in their expression on pancreatic β-cell function.
  • Using in vivo models of type 2 diabetes to assess effects of miRNA inhibitors.
  • Globally profiling miRNAs in human pancreatic islet cells.


  • Delineating ApoA-I -receptor pathways/mechanisms of insulin secretion in pancreatic β-cells.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics (Computational Biology)

Free keywords

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Islets of Langerhans
  • Beta cells
  • Metabolism
  • Mitochondria


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